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Who's the Highest Paid Athlete Ever? Hint: It's Not Tiger Woods

NEWPORT, WALES - OCTOBER 02:  Tiger Woods of the USA watches his second shot on the 18th hole during the rescheduled Morning Fourball Matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 2, 2010 in Newport, Wales.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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GackSports.comContributor IIOctober 12, 2010

With all the money being raked in by guys like Tiger Woods, Kobe Bryant and Alex Rodriguez, you’d expect the highest paid athlete ever to be from the modern times, right?


Gaius Appuleius Diocles, a roman charioteer, has made more than Tiger, Kobe and A-Rod combined. That’s right, with a career earnings of 35,863,120 sesterces (ancient Roman coins), Diocles blows today’s superstars out of the water.

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